Primary Ballot Features Packed Slate


The list of candidates seeking election in September is a lengthy one.

The deadline for filing nomination papers for the offices up for grabs was June 9, Gila County Elections Specialist David Rogers said.

Rogers reported the following offices will be filled during the 2004 elections: Gila County voters will be selecting their board of supervisors, county attorney, sheriff, treasurer, county school superintendent, recorder, assessor, Superior Court District 1 judge, and the Payson Regional constable.

The biggest county race is for the District 3 supervisor's seat, currently held by Cruz Salas, who is not seeking re-election, Rogers said.

Candidates for the board of supervisors are: District 1 -- Tommie Cline Martin, R, Payson, Dan Haapala, R, Payson and Gene Mawby, R, Pine; District 2 -- José M. (Joe) Sanchez, D, incumbent, Danny Michels, D, Ernest Valdez, D; District 3 -- Shirley Dawson, D, Robert L. Mounce, D, J.E. "Ted" Thayer, D, Terrence O. "Terry" Wheeler, D and Dominic Faletti, R.

County Attorney Daisy Flores, R, incumbent, is seeking re-election and is unopposed.

Sheriff John Armer, D, incumbent, also is seeking re-election and has two challengers: Kim Pound, R, and Richard K. Shaw, R.

County Treasurer Priscilla M.L. Knuckey-Ralls, D, incumbent, is another official seeking to retain her seat and has no opposition.

County School Superintendent Armida G. Bittner, D, incumbent, wants to be re-elected. She is being challenged by Linda O'Dell, R.

Also seeking unopposed re-election are: County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega, D; County Assessor Dale Hom, D; Superior Court Judge Div. 1 Peter J. Cahill, D.

Recently appointed Payson Regional Constable Gail Palmateer, R, is running for the post; but will be challenged in her bid by Sam Brewer, R, and Roger Freeman, D.

Incumbent U.S. Senator John McCain, R, is facing challenges from Democrat Stuart Starkey, and Libertarian Ernest Hancock.

First term Dist. 1 Congressman Rick Renzi, R, is being challenged by Paul Babbitt, D, Bob Donahue, D, and John Crockett, L.

Seeking election to the Arizona Corporation Commission for the term expiring Jan. 2007 are Kris Mayes, R, incumbent, Carl Seel, R, and Tim Sifert, R.

Candidates for the corporation commission term expiring Jan. 2009 are: Jeff Hatch-Miller, R, incumbent, Scott Clark, D, Mark Manoil, D, Nina Trasoff, D, Mike Gleason, R, and Bill Mundell, R.

Legislative incumbents for Dist. 5, Senator Jack A. Brown and Rep. Jake Flake have both reached term limits and will seek one another's posts in the 2004 elections. Flake, a Republican, will be running for the State Senate against Cameron Udall, D. Brown, a Democrat, is bidding on one of two seats in the State House of Representatives. First term incumbent Bill Konopnicki, R, is seeking re-election. Challenging the two legislative veterans is Republican Sylvia Teeney Allen.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, Sept. 7 -- the last day to register to vote in the primary is Aug. 9. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- the last day to register to vote in the general is Oct. 4.

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